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Gibby 01-09-2009 11:05 PM

Elbe 01-03-09
Faithwheelers annual Busywild run.
It was a long day of very little mileage....
The group left the campground heading for the busy. Jaydog and JRGaylor decided to run Sunrise and meet us over where the mainline starts. They ran into a few deadfalls across the trail that they had to clear out and about 400 yards in, JR's transmission puked all it's fluid out, starting a small fire where it hit the exhaust crossover. Jaydog was able to drag him out and back to the campground but it took at least 3-4 hours.

We of course had decided to press on since they were capable to getting themselves back to where they needed to be and we could still hear them on the CB.

While heading down the mainline, Buster, busted his rear driveline. He took the ears right off the driveline so a simple u-joint swap wasn't going to solve it. He pulled the driveline, we winched him around and pulled him back through to water/ice hole and were working on getting around him. The plan was for one guy to pull him back to his trailer and then head back out to meet us... That's when the fun really began.

A club guest, Kris, tried to slide around him and slide in to the abyss.

Well it was supposed to be but we never even made it TO the busywild.

Here's Kris.
The flop. Kris tried to squeeze by Dave who had front wheel drive only after busting the read driveline. Didn't go to well...
And he's down.
Making sure everyone's OK and getting them out.

Gibby 01-09-2009 11:06 PM

The recovery of the Jeep was very difficult.
Trying to find SOMEWHERE to anchor to pull him upright.
Making some progres, LOOK at all the cables in various positions.
One of the straps wasn't QUITE strong enough and back in he goes.
This is the inside of Kris' jeep looking in from the passenger window.
You can see that is a tough recovery.

Gibby 01-09-2009 11:07 PM

40" tires aren't enough for the MAINLINE trail now!

My son, Jackson said I could make it. That's what I get for listening to a 7 year old.
I was trying to cross this but the front tires headed right. Stay on the gas was going through my mind, not a good thing...

They told me NOT to turn right, so it just seemed like the thing to do ::)
Not my better side ;D
Removing the ice, it was in chunks 3-4" thick. The top of my bumper is about 48" above ground.
One of several times that I slipped and disappeared up to my butt in that icy, muddy mess.
The rear winch was not successful in pulling be backwards. It just pulled Snowgoon's truck forward.
This pic needs no commentary. I just plain need larger tires!

Gibby 01-09-2009 11:08 PM

Jaydog got a few pics as well. On the Sunrise trail, JR's tranny spewed and he was behind Jaydog. There was no way to get around to pull him back so Jaydog had to move forward to the top of Sunrise. No one had been through there yet. At least not for quite some time. This shot was out behind his Jeep.
And this is why. He had to clear three deadfalls from across the trail in order to get through.
Here's Toyrunner pulling cable. Apparently he did quite a bit of this.
A nice shot working his way up to top of Sunrise. Jaydog's Ramsey kicked the bucket the day before at Evan's Creek. This was a good test for his brand new Warn 9500XTI.
Finally coming out at the top.
A long way from done however as he still had to get JR's dead Bronco out.

Gibby 01-09-2009 11:09 PM

Some additional pics of the Jeep recovery action.
I tried to just drag him through but the batteries wouldn't hold out long enough.

More shots of creative winching to get him up and out.

At this point we were VERY close.

This was the FINAL shot and we were able to get him out of the hole.

This was our winch master doing a ton of the work getting Kris out of the hole.

Gibby 01-09-2009 11:09 PM

Some pics of the kids. LOT's of deep snow to play in.

Removing Faith-Marie from the flopped rig.

Everyone's safe and having fun again.
Dana makes a snow bed.
Carly makes a snow chair.

Jackson getting a close up look.

Dad it's MUCH easier to get in and out of now.

Cam and his dad starting a fire. You know it's going to be a while when you have to start a fire.

Kris made some new friends. My kids wanted to rid in his rig.

Gibby 01-09-2009 11:10 PM

Here's where I started to cross the water hole. Looks OK at this point.

I bounced to the right and decided to give it a shot vs stopping, trying to back out and try that line again.

Going in!

This is as far as I got on the first crack at it.

You can see here the ice mound that I was creating in front of me.
And the work involved to try to get it out of the way.

And finally, getting out. At this point the two rigs got me out of the water. We hooked up cables and got the engine restarted. I could finally assist here by driving out.

Ceg_ 01-09-2009 11:33 PM

What an adventure. Great pics and write up. Thanks for sharing!

JeepNirvana 01-10-2009 07:33 AM


Originally Posted by Ceg_ (Post 423)
What an adventure. Great pics and write up. Thanks for sharing!

Plus One, Great wheeling report, and doesn't look like much damage. Good news.

Gibby 01-10-2009 09:05 AM

Finally, out I come!

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